Common Red-legged Robberfly


Dioctria rufipes – I came across several of these beastly robberflies whilst strolling down by the river. It was quite a slow flier, but as can be seen in the image, it did not stop this one from snatching a bite to eat. Once they knew I was around they did not stick around, so I count myself lucky this one was otherwise distracted which allowed me to get this shot in. Double-click on image to enlarge.


Common Red-legged Robberfly Dioctria rufipes

© Peter Hillman ♦ 25th May 2020 ♦ Local riverbank, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


6 thoughts on “Common Red-legged Robberfly

  1. They may seem rather slow but they are, as you said, very effective hunters. I’ve seen several at our cabin and most of them were carrying or chewing on the successful results of their activities.

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    1. Thank you, Steve. They are quite nervous critters, these, and although there were several on the bank they skittered off when I got near. Just got the one chance with this one. Sometimes it is all you need, and you just got to hope you guestimated your camera settings right 🙂

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